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NHGRI Institutional Review Board


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects of research conducted by intramural investigators at NHGRI.

All intramural research protocols involving human subjects must be submitted for review by the NHGRI IRB. These Web pages contain the instructions, forms and relevant links for submitting a research protocol to the IRB.

IRB News and Updates

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Building 10 / 9S233 (9th Floor Solarium in the Clinial Center)

The NHGRI Bioethics Core is leading an informational/Q & A session about the IRB reorganization plans.

Please bring your questions to the session, and we will answer them to the best of our ability. We strongly recommend that at least one representative from each research team that utilizes the NHGRI IRB attends this discussion; you need to be aware of how these changes are going to affect the protocol submission processes and systems that you use, and what kinds of resources will be available to support you through the transition. 

Here are a few key details on the reorganization to make sure everyone is starting with a consistent set of facts: 

  • The current system of 12 Institute-based IRBs will be replaced by approximately six IRB panels to be managed by a Centralized IRB Operations Office in the Clinical Center.  
  • The NHGRI IRB will be merging with the NHLBI IRB to form a new pilot "general medicine" IRB panel, which will be the first of the new IRBs to form. The other IRBs will include both generic ("general medicine") and thematic (e.g., oncology, epidemiology) panels. 
  • Sara Hull will stay involved as the Vice Chair of the pilot IRB, and Richard Cannon from NHLBI will serve as the Chair. The projected start date for the pilot IRB is October 15, 2017.  
  • A unified NIH-wide protocol management IT system using iRIS will be implemented. This means NHGRI will no longer use PTMS for IRB submissions once the pilot IRB is up and running.  
  • The new IRBs will meet weekly (instead of once a month). 

Additional background information and details will be provided at the meeting. 



Victoria Willits
IRB Coordinator
10 Center Drive, CRC
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 496-1906

Tara L. McDonough, CIP
NHGRI IRB Administrator
10 Center Drive
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 827-0026

Sara Chandros Hull, Ph.D.
Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board
Phone: (301) 435-8712

Ben Berkman, J.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Vice Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board
Phone: (301) 496-1531

Grisel Lopez, M.D.
Staff Clinician, NHGRI Medical Genetics Branch
Vice Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board


Last Updated: July 14, 2017